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Five Cases of Mr. Sherlock Holmes as read by the late Basil Rathbone


Reviewer: BetterEyes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2013
Subject: TCM Fan
I understand these can no longer be downloaded, but there are other Sherlock Holmes adventures here that are quite good:
Reviewer: drmckeel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2013
Subject: Old records
I have this as collection of 16 rpm records.
Reviewer: TCM_fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2012
Subject: excellent
had on old Mp3 player which i lost :( can these be purchased anywhere?
Reviewer: joellerby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2012
Subject: send me some
My email is

Could someone please send me a few 100 if the want to...please please please
Reviewer: Poe1809 - - March 19, 2012
Subject: .
You can't listen to these shows, as they've been taken down thanks to absurd copyright claims. Too bad, too, as they are outstanding.
Reviewer: safpsy - - March 18, 2012
Subject: ?????
How do you actually hear these stories?
I can't download anything that lets me.
Reviewer: BobBello - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2011
Subject: What Inspites Us
Hi, this show inspired us to write a steampunk spin-off to Sherlock Holmes. Here's a portrait I drew of his daughter--our main character: - Let me know if you like it. Be watchful, you sleuths of old and new Sherlockorama!
Reviewer: newburn - - August 28, 2011
Subject: uploader
Would the uploader mind contacting me please.
Thank you.
Reviewer: Ed 999 - - January 30, 2011
Subject: The unlawful claims made by Radio Spirits
It is a nonsense for the Radio Spirits company to falsely claim any copyright in the Sherlock Holmes stories, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who died in 1930 in England. Under English copyright law, all his copyrights expired 50 years after his death, and all his literary work has thus been out of copyright in England since 1980.

Those Sherlock Holmes stories first published before 1912 had a much shorter copyright period, but for stories first published after that date the copyright term was the lifetime of the author plus fifty years, by the Copyright Act of 1911. This period was not altered by the 1956 Copyright Act.

There was no copyright in a radio broadcast under the 1911 Act, as radio broadcasting did not exist in England until 1922. No radio broadcast attracted any copyright until the Act of 1956, which created a copyright period of 50 years for a broadcast which aired after 1956. But this excludes the vast majority of the golden age of radio.
Reviewer: XMinusOne - - August 14, 2010
Subject: Regarding Radio Spirits
In late 1999, Radio Spirits threatened a number of OTR distributors, fans and small businesses alike, with legal action for distributing OTR shows that Radio Spirits claimed the rights to. No one had the money to go to court, so many of the OTR sites on the Internet disappeared, and at least one business stopped selling OTR material completely.

Despite these events, many in the advertising industry continue to believe most OTR shows are really public domain, and not without reason. Under current copyright law, anything published from 1923 to 1963 without a copyright notice is considered public domain. On face value, this law would seem to mean that most OTR shows would be public domain since they were broadcast without copyright notices. Some shows, such as the Green Hornet, did have a copyright notice in each episode (which clearly showed some people understood, and used, copyright protection,) but most shows had no copyright notice at all.

It's not surprising that OTR fans buy OTR shows by the hundred (100+ OTR shows in MP3 format will fit on a single CD, and OTR fans sell them for $10.) Meanwhile, Radio Spirits is selling boxed sets of 60 OTR shows on cassettes for about $60, making large scale collecting both space consuming and costly. That said, Radio Spirits sells has a content library consisting of more than 60,000 classic radio shows licensed by the Company on a primarily exclusive and ongoing basis.

Many people wonder how Radio Spirits can be licensing shows in the Public Doman let alone describe themselves as the exclusive distributor of specific public domain series.

Some history about Radio Spirits' collection:
On December 12, 1997, Radio Spirits acquired the radio portion of Charles Michelson, Inc. of Beverly Hills, CA, according to Carl Amari, CEO and owner of Radio Spirits. As a result of the acquisition, Radio Spirts acquired those portions of Charles Michelson, Inc. that relate to radio programming. In particular, Amari added the following series to his holdings: Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy, The Black Museum (with Orson Welles), Box 13 (with Alan Ladd), Burns and Allen, The Cisco Kid, The Clock, The Falcon, Dragnet, Famous Jury Trials, Fibber McGee and Molly, Gangbusters, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Green Hornet, The Third Man (with Orson Welles), The Hidden Truth, Hopalong Cassidy, Horatio Hornblower, Jack Benny, Night Beat, Red Ryder, The Sealed Book, The Best Of Sherlock Holmes, The Six Shooter (with James Stewart), Stand By For Crime, Theatre Royale, Voyage of the Scarlet Queen, X-Minus One and the War of the Worlds.
Some of these programs Michelson owned outright; for others he serves as the exclusive representative of the owners.

Amari fell in love with old time radio rogramming at the age of twelve when a friend's father played a cassette of a Suspense program during a sleep over. At the age of 18, Amari decided to use his otr hobby to help pay his college expenses by initiating a broadcast of otr programs on a local Chicago radio station. "Radio Spirits was founded in 1981 in my first year of college out of my parent's basement with a Radio Shack mixer, a Radio Shack microphone and a Radio Shack cassette deck," Amari said.
"That's when I first ran into Charlie Michelson," Amari remembers. "It didn't start out so friendly. I got these letters, 'You can't play those shows; we have the rights to them'. And sure enough, he did. That was my first education that these shows are not in public domain."

Over a period of time, Amari began acquiring the rights to various OTR programs.

The question is, how is Radio Spirits able to claim copyright ownership of public domain programs other than they bought the rights of shows that someone allegedly owned. The bottom line, whether Radio Spirits has legal rights to the shows or not is that they're the 800 pound gorilla and can intimidate as much as they want because they can afford to. Those that disagree with them probably cannot afford a possibly lengthly or costly disagreement fight.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - - August 12, 2010
Subject: Radio Spirits
is trying to claim copyright ownership to old time radio shows that have been in the public domain for a minimum of 30 years and the Archive is caving in to them. Rather than argue about it I have taken all my files down myself.
Reviewer: gjlebowski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2009
Subject: These stories are read with splendid flair and pace
Basil Rathbone reads these stories with great flair. I love the way that he provides so distinctive voices for all of the characters. If forced to chose only one I would select "The Red Headed League" which shows his sklls of to such good effect-though I enjoyed them all.
Reviewer: quigs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2009
Subject: The only Holmes
The readings of these stories interperted by Mr.
Basil Rathbone was first on the Caedom Records back in the late 1950's early 1960's. The were recorded a few years before Mr. Rathbone's demise.
Mr. Rathbone,who came to hate Sherlock Holmes about as musch A.C. Doyle was wooed back by Caedom to these abridged stories a few months before he died.
Reviewer: malscott - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2009
Subject: great!
this is great to listen to. He sure is a most excellent reader. im glad its here for everyone to listen to.
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